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Buyer Beware

by Louise June 7th, 2011 | Nutrition, Vitamins
5 Things You Should Know Before Buying Supplements

Buying dietary supplements has become increasingly popular over the last few years. People are looking to self-medicate with alternatives to prescription medications, trying to avoid a trip to the doctor by tackling symptoms with dietary supplements. There are hundreds of different types of supplements available at your local pharmacy. Many of them make claims about leading to fantastic improvements in your health. Are these labels telling the truth?

Here are a few words of caution for consumers:

  1. "Federal law does not require dietary supplements to be proven
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Hiding Vegetables

by Louise May 10th, 2011 | Children's Health, Diet, Nutrition, Vitamins
I love vegetables. Of course, I know that's not the case for everyone. For some reason, there are people who grow up hating vegetables. Personally, I think there was a rotten vegetable they had as a child that made them think all vegetables were bad. How can you not like carrots or bell peppers? Okay, I know that sounds crazy to some people. The reality is that most people would choose a slice of bread or a piece of fruit over a stalk of broccoli or head of cabbage. Yet, vegetables are an
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Raw Vs. Cooked Vegetables

by Louise February 14th, 2011 | Nutrition, Vitamins
Question: Is it better to eat vegetables when they are raw or cooked?

Simple answer: It is usually better to eat vegetables raw. It depends on the vegetable and the nutrients you're trying to get out of them.

More elaborate answer: There are some vegetables that, when cooked, "lock" in their nutrients, so your body isn't able to digest them, even you are taking it all in. For instance, broccoli is well known for containing sulforaphane, a compound which is thought to have anticancer properties, because it stimulates a body's detoxifying enzymes. Cooking broccoli causes the sulforaphane to take on a
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Information on Iron

by TJ Davis September 27th, 2010 | Nutrition, Vitamins
The amount of iron needed daily to support proper oxygen transport and regulate cell growth varies throughout a person's lifetime. In pre-adolescent males and females, iron requirements are the same, but from age 14-18 the dietary needs for women increase over men. During adulthood, from age 19-50, iron requirements for women is more than double that of men. Yet with our propensity for prepackaged convenience foods and snacks, Americans seldom consume enough nutritional iron. In fact, around 30% of all people experience signs of iron deficiency anemia, including weakness and fatigue, slow cognition, low body temperature, and susceptibility to
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All About Eggs

by Louise September 20th, 2010 | Diet, Nutrition, Vitamins
It seems that there a lot of myths going around about including eggs in your diet. My grandfather used to have an egg every morning, and he attributed his good health to this (in addition to a glass of wine each night).  However, I also had those aunts and uncles who criticized my grandfather for being so "careless" about his health, especially his cholesterol level. So what's the deal, are eggs healthy or not?

The biggest concern most people have about eggs is the amount of cholesterol they contain. It's true, eggs contain a high amount of cholesterol. There's no
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